Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chicago Trip: Day 2 - Field Museum, Adler Planetarium, Pizza, Michigan Ave.

Day 2 in Chicago was a very full day.  We packed in as much as we could.  We started the day off with the Field Museum (this is where the movie Night at the Museum was filmed or located or whatever).  It was really cool to see all of their exhibits.  

Here's the famous dinosaur skeleton, Sue.  Supposedly it's the most complete dinosaur skeleton ever found.

This was for the Braschler bunch.  How'd you like to mount that?  

There were 3 levels and each level had different exhibits.  You'd think you'd just be going in a door for a quick look, but it was amazing how much they had hidden back there.  Those things wound around and around and packed in all kinds of information.

After we finished up there,we stopped for a real Chicago style hot dog right outside the museum.  I decided to go with all the fixins to get the real experience (except I added ketchup which supposedly is for the sissies.  Oh well).

Next stop was the Adler Planetarium.  We really didn't stay here very long.  It was close to naptime and our almost 2 yr old wasn't too interested.  And we were ok with that.

So we made him take pictures instead.  haha.

A tribute to our nephew.

We decided to take a stroll down Michigan Avenue and stopped at this cute little bakery for a sinfully delicious Trufle Hot Chocolate.

Caleb was worn out.  See?  Naptime.

Then we walked down to the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower).  Probably renamed Willis in honor of my Grandpa Willis.  Probably.

It's pretty tall!

As you go up the elevator to get to the top, there is a screen that shows pictures of other landmarks around the country and world, noting their height as you pass the height of them.  Like the St. Louis Arch, the Washington Monument, etc.  Doesn't make you nervous at all...

Here's a view from the top.  

They had a few glass boxes that were built to stick off the side of the building so you could walk out onto the glass floor and see the ground below.  I used to think I was brave until I had a family.  I was nervous.

But I did suck it up enough to snag a family pic.  You can't tell here, but I was powerfully gripping my son and my husband.  You know, just in case the glass gave way and they started to fall.  I could save them.

It didn't even phase Caleb.

Next up - Chicago deep dish pizza.  AKA - the best thing ever.  

Look at that cheesy goodness.  It lived up to all the hype.  And we actually had it 2 more times on the trip.  Just to get the full experience, you know.

By now, a full day has passed and we are pretty wiped out.  So on our venture back to the car, we stopped at these pretty fountains with some of the city in the background.

Skyline at night.  Really beautiful.  


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